2021 Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library are excited to announce the winners of our Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Award!

We here at Brookens believe that undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award was created by Brookens Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. The Friends of Brookens Library funds the $1500 in awards received by students.

The excellent projects submitted this year made the judging a challenge, but the selection committee of Ken Owen, Megan Styles and John Laubersheimer were able to decide upon the winners. 

This year we are honored to recognize the following students for their exceptional research:

1st Place: Alexandra Simpson Complexity in Nature and Humanity in Red Sorghum

2nd Place: Malavika Mujumdar Graphic Poetry as Historical Experience in Naoko Fujimoto’s “Thursdays” and “On A Black Hill”

3rd Place: Benjamin Garrett An Overview of the Life, Extinction, and Possible De-Extinction of Mammuthus Primigenius

4th Place: Rebecca Wheeler Decision Vision II: Investigating the Effects of Mental Simulation on Accuracy During Affect-Induced and Logic-Induced Decisions by Intuitive and Rational Decision Makers​

5th Place: Joshua Melnick Development of DNA Barcoding in Oak Species

A special mention of Rebecca Wheeler’s work is due. Rebecca Wheeler, is a returning Research Award winner. Her entry this year continued the excellent work she submitted in 2020 and for which she won 3rd place: Decision Vision: Utilizing Mental Simulation to Promote Accuracy During Intuitive Decision Making.

The competition was tough this year and all of our submissions were top quality research. A big congratulations for all our winners and all of our entrants! 

2021 Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library are excited to announce our Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Award!

We here at Brookens believe that undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award was created by Brookens Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills.

In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize sponsored by the Friends of Brookens Library.  This year, $1500 is up for grabs for work you have already done!

  • $500 for first place
  • $400 for second place
  • $300 for third place
  • $200 for fourth place
  • $100 for fifth place

The winners will be Announced on May 1st, 2021. 

Over the years, UIS students have submitted some truly amazing work to the Research Award. The breadth and depth of topics has been astounding and the quality of the research has been awe inspiring. As we open up submission forms for this year’s award, we look forward to seeing even more of our UIS students’ excellent work.

How to Apply

Application for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is a two-step process:

Step 1) Fill out the online application form here:  https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/1048711

Step 2) One of the Brookens Librarians will contact you to arrange for you to electronically submit your materials using Box.

Respectfully, we request that you do not send in your project materials until instructed to do so.

Judging will be conducted by a panel of diverse faculty from varying disciplines using a scoring rubric you can find on the research award site.

You can learn more about judging, the award criteria, and past winners here: https://libguides.uis.edu/research_award   

The deadline to apply is April 24, 2021.

2020 Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

One of the highlights of the year at the University of Illinois Springfield is the Annual STARS Symposium (Student Technology, Arts, & Research), where students get an opportunity to present their research to the UIS campus and community. The Library is honored to be a part of the Luncheon, where we present the Library Undergraduate Research Award to three deserving students. Sadly, the luncheon was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Library still held our annual Undergraduate Research Award. This year, we were able to expand the prize pool and the number of winners thanks to generous support from the Friends of Brookens Library.

This year we were honored to recognize the following students for their exceptional research using Library resources.

1st place: Anna Kanai – Americanization in Europe: History, Hollywood, and European Perceptions

2nd place: Hunter Niebrugge – Ouch!: Female Student-Athletes and the Influence of Collegiate Athletics on Injury

3rd place: Rebecca Wheeler – Decision Vision: Utilizing Mental Simulation to Promote Accuracy During Intuitive Decision Making

4th place: Jermaine Windham – The “Black Nerd Stereotype” & The African American Representation in the Media

5th place: Sagun Pandit – Analysis of Sexual Assault in Nepal

The competition was tough this year and all of our submissions were top quality research. A big congratulations for all our winners and all of our entrants! 

Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library and the Friends of Brookens Library are excited to announce our Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Award!

We here at Brookens believe that undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award was created by Brookens Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills.

In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize sponsored by the Friends of Brookens Library.  This year the award has been expanded and now $1500 is up for grabs for work you have already done!

  • $500 for first place
  • $400 for second place
  • $300 for third place
  • $200 for fourth place
  • $100 for fifth place

The winners will be presented at the Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium luncheon on April 17, 2020. 

Over the years, UIS students have submitted some truly amazing work to the Research Award. The breadth and depth of topics has been astounding and the quality of the research has been awe inspiring. As we open up submission forms for this year’s award, we look forward to seeing even more of our UIS students’ excellent work.

How to Apply

Application for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is a two-step process:

Step 1) Fill out the online application form here:  https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/1048711

Step 2) One of the Brookens Librarians will contact you to arrange for you to electronically submit your materials using Box.

Respectfully, we request that you do not send in your project materials until instructed to do so.

Judging will be conducted by a panel of diverse faculty from varying disciplines using a scoring rubric you can find on the research award site.

You can learn more about judging, the award criteria, and past winners here: https://libguides.uis.edu/research_award   

The deadline to apply is April 6, 2020.

Still Time to Submit Undergrad Research Award

This past February, the Library opened submissions for our fifth annual Undergraduate Research Award.  Materials are due on April 1, but there’s still plenty of time to submit your materials to us.

Every semester, we see firsthand the outstanding work UIS students generate.  Whether it’s the work we directly help with through our research consultations or the amazing presentations we see at the Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium, the Library knows firsthand what UIS students are capable of. 

That’s why every year since 2015, we’ve offered the Undergraduate Research Award. It’s an opportunity for UIS students to show off what we know they can do, an opportunity to recognize the work of UIS students for their excellence, and an opportunity to preserve that work in the long term.

As a reminder, the award includes a monetary prize of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.  The winners will be presented at the Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium luncheon on April 19, 2019. 

How to Apply

Application for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is a two-step process:

Step 1) Fill out the online application form 

Step 2) One of the Brookens Librarians will contact you to arrange for you to electronically submit your materials using Box.

You can learn more about the award criteria and past winners here: https://libguides.uis.edu/research_award   

Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library is excited to announce our fifth annual Undergraduate Research Award! 

We believe that undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award was created by Brookens Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills.  

In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.  The winners will be presented at the Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium luncheon on April 19, 2019.   

For the previous four years, UIS students have submitted some truly amazing work to the Research Award.  As we open up submission forms for this year’s award, we look forward to seeing even more of our UIS students’ excellent work. 

How to Apply 

Application for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is a two-step process: 

Step 1) Fill out the online application form here:  https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/1048711  

Step 2) One of the Brookens Librarians will contact you to arrange for you to electronically submit your materials using Box. 

Respectfully, we request that you do not send in your project materials until instructed to do so. 

You can learn more about the award criteria and past winners here: https://libguides.uis.edu/research_award     

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.

Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

One of the highlights of year at the University of Illinois Springfield is the Annual STARS Symposium (Student Technology, Arts, & Research), where students get an opportunity to present their research to the UIS campus and community. The Library is honored to be a part of the Luncheon, where we present the Library Undergraduate Research Award to three deserving students. This year we were honored to recognize the following students for their exceptional research using Library resources.

1st place: Adam Hild – The Peace-Loving Preachers of War: Understanding the American Clergy’s Shift toward Interventionism in the First World War 

2nd place: Hannah Nordby – Working Memory Deficits in People With Schizophrenia 

3rd place: Marjorie CarterHumor in the Face of Injustice 

The awards were presented by Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services.

1st Place: Adam Hild

2nd Place: Hannah Nordby

3rd Place: Marjorie Carter

 

 

Library Undergraduate Research Award

The Library Undergraduate Research Award was created by Brookens Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250 for first place,$100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

How to Apply

Application for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is a Two-step Process:

Step 1) Fill out the online application form here:  https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/1048711

Step 2) One of the Brookens Librarians will contact you to arrange for you to electronically submit your materials using Box.com

Respectfully, we request that you do not send in your project materials until instructed to do so.

Deadline to Apply is March 1, 2018.

Let the Library make you a WINNER! Apply Today!

 

Award Recognition: Employees with 30 Years of Service

This morning the University recognized employees who have worked for UIS for 10 or more years for their service. The Library is proud to have two employees celebrated this year: Joanne, Senior Library Specialist (Serials), and Tom, University Archivist, have both worked at Brookens Library for 30 years. Today we honor and thank them for their commitment to the UIS (or SSU) ideals and in their service to our campus community. Here are brief tributes read at the ceremony this morning:

Joanne

On Joanne’s first day, December 1st, 1986, she recalls that campus consisted of the Brookens Building, the PAC, as well as a few temporary buildings that made up Sangamon State University.  She began at the Brookens Library in the Technical Services Department and with a few job shifts along the way, it is still where she currently works. When she started, there was a card catalog for searching and the Brookens library collection consisted of mostly print journals and books with a small collection of a few other media types.

Today, she now works at the University of Illinois Springfield, and there has been a few more buildings added to the campus. The card catalog in the Brookens library is just a memory. The print journals have drastically been replaced with their online versions, as well as electronic books and streaming video have become more prevalent as well. Joanne has been a vital part of the Technical Services team throughout the years. She has seen a lot of changes here at the Brookens library and when asked about her time here she will say, “I love libraries, and I’ve met some really terrific people along the way.” Thank you Joanne, for your many years of dedicated service.

Tom

“There’s a really great variety of material to work with here, from 200 year old records to new digital records, and everything in between.” Thomas J. Woods, 2017

Tom was born and spent his formative years in Mount Carmel, Illinois, about 3 ½ hours SE of Springfield. He earned two Masters degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; one in History, the other in Library and Information Science. In his thirty years here on campus, he has been at the forefront of collecting the history of the institution as it has progressed. When Tom started work in 1986 at what was then Sangamon State University, founding president Dr. Robert Spencer was still teaching here, as were many of the charter faculty who had been hired in the early 1970s. He has also documented the physical changes on campus; he remembers when the corn fields started just south of where the colonnade is now.  The UIS Archives holds administration files that have long term value, but it also preserves photographs, student newspapers, audio files, and video of commencements, special events, and visiting speakers. The Archives has a collection of over 5000 student Master projects and theses. Tom handles historical documents such as records of birth, death, and marriage certificates, and Lincoln-era court cases. He has overseen major digitization projects, including a multi-year project preserving and digitizing more than 20 years of oral history interviews with people from all walks of life, such as former prisoners of war, farmers, coal miners, Illinois politicians, and others.  

He has adapted to changing collection and archival standards, as well as innovations in information technology. Focusing not just on collecting and preserving, Tom also works with researchers, students, families seeking genealogy assistance, and more. In the Archives alongside Tom, you’ll also find an archival library assistant, a graduate assistant, and two Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) interns. Working with, and training students and interns has been very rewarding and over 30 years, Tom has seen a rotating cast of talented people. While he is sad to see them go, he does enjoy seeing them succeed in professional jobs in archives, libraries, museums, and teaching positions.

When not working in the archives, it’s no surprise that Tom would enjoy the opposite – the great outdoors – and exploring natural and historical sites around central Illinois and beyond. He also enjoys reading and listening to music, and playing in trivia tournaments. If you want to know more about any of the previously mentioned items, stop by the Archives, located on the lower level of Brookens Library, and chat with Tom, or visit the archives website. Congratulations to Tom on his 30 years on our campus and for his dedication to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of our university.

 

Now Accepting Submissions for Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library is very pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our third annual Undergraduate Research Award.

Brookens Library firmly supports the idea that undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components a complete education at UIS. 3 years ago, we created this award as a way for the Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students who had produced exemplary work in pursuit of their interests and degree.

Brookens Library Undergraduate Research AwardThe judging for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is one of our favorite parts of the academic year. Usually, we librarians are involved at the beginning stages of a research project – helping our patrons find the information that they need to get started on a project. We get to sit down with students from a variety of disciplines with some truly fascinating information needs. Unfortunately, it’s a rare day when one of us actually gets to see some of the finished products. This research award is a unique and treasured window onto the excellent work that the UIS students have created.

About the only downside of the endeavor is that the Library only gets to recognize one student’s excellent. We’ve always had a competitive grouping of papers, with one just edging out a victory in our rubrics. But this year, we are very excited to say that we are awarding a second and a third place! Now, even more great work will be acknowledged and preserved. Apply today with a paper of project you have completed in the past year!

First Place: $250

Second Place: $100

Third Place: $50

You can see the winning papers from the previous years here: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/74820

Details of the award, the submission process, the timeline and the judging rubric can be found here: http://libguides.uis.edu/research_award